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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
+1 515-248-1780
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Centro's bar area has one of the best street views of Downtown Des Moines. My favorite dish is the hand-rolled Caviatelli and I'm also a fan of Centro's pizzas. The Sunday morning Bloody Mary is also a can't miss.

Thank Nathan W
Urbandale, Iowa
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our third visit and each time it gets better. We had a knowledgeable server for a great wine choice. Apps were fried ravioli and the Brussels sprouts/ both delicious. Husband had his usual pizza that he enjoyed. Gnocchi and pizza for our vegetarian kids hit the spot. The dessert menu was off for us so didn't get any. A plus-... More 

Thank Diana R
Des moines
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to eat in Des Moines. Large menu and excellent wine/cocktail offerings. You can't go wrong here. Better for dinner than lunch.

Thank Miami D
Des Moines, Iowa
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Centro started the foodie revolution in Des Moines more than a decade ago and it is still going very strong. I loved the pasta dish and my Ceasar salad came with anchovies, which I love. (Ask for the anchovies.) Extensive beer, wine,and drink menu. Great dinning room and nice bar.

Thank Doug V
Waverly, IA
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Centro never disappoints! I can't resist their brick oven pizza, however, their Sunday brunch is exceptional as well. I love the atmosphere and that I can come here for a date night or the whole family with kids and feel comfortable and accommodated. When passing through Des Moines, this is our go-to spot!

Thank Tara19
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at Centro on the way home from a road trip, and this fantastic lunch gave us the oomph we needed to complete the trip. We started with the Portobello Fries with Truffle Aioli and Chipotle Dressing, an amazing dish. I ordered the Wood Grilled Salmon with Caper Butter Sauce, served on a bed of Broccolini. The salmon was... More 

Thank Connie D
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped in at 1:45 today for lunch. We were rudely greeted after 5 minutes. We said hello and told the greeter that there were 2 of us. The greeter was so snide and said, we close at 2pm. We were so confused - the place was so busy and this is a popular week for vacations,... More 

Thank 8439JG
Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Too pricey. Limited parking. Loud with lots of kitchen smoke. Hipster spot. Rude staff. Pizza is good, but small.

Thank Jeff B
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

The pizza was gourmet!!! I'm from Chicago...and even I thought the pizza was great. I also tried the truffle Mac and Cheese, because I try the Mac and Cheese everywhere, and it too was delicious. I would recommend

Thank Arturo A
Swanville, Minnesota, USA
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Some creative combinations and fresh ingredients made for an excellent pizza. The crust was baked perfectly and the sauce had good flavor. It is not cheap, but worth treating yourself to every now and then.

Thank TCstravels

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Italian, American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-248-1780
Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.

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